Become a SFPHF Project

Projects and programs in the San Francisco Bay area that provide a health benefit to our community may be considered for partnership with the San Francisco Public Health Foundation (SFPHF). The SFPHF works to ensure that the projects and programs we support have the legal, financial and human resources needed to perform their very best work in our community.

How can you become a SFPHF sponsored project?

The first step is to review our application.  You can always e-mail us at or call us at 415-504-6738 to talk about your project and ask questions about your potential relationship with SFPHF.  Should you determine that your project is interested in SFPHF sponsorship, you can submit a completed application. We will have a decision to you within a few weeks and then you can start your good work with a fiscal partner.

What is the relationship between the San Francisco Public Health Foundation (SFPHF) and its projects?

From a legal and financial perspective, projects become part of the fiscal sponsor organization, who is legally and financially responsible for their projects’ activities. SFPHF projects benefit from our 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status, but they retain full responsibility for their vision, strategy, identity, program oversight, and fundraising, often through their own advisory boards. Because they are part of SFPHF they are able to receive charitable donations and grants available only to tax-exempt organizations.

Services included in the 10% Management Fee:

  • Maintenance of a restricted fund account in the name of the project/program.
  • Preparation of written acknowledgments of donations as requested by the project/program in accordance with Internal Revenue Code rules and regulations.
  • Payment of expenses as requested and directed by the project/program.
  • Submission of financial reports for grant sources as requested by the project/program.
  • Preparation of a financial report to the project/program at least four (4) times a year at the end of the calendar year quarter showing the revenue, expense and ending fund balance. Financial reports will also be supplied as requested by the project/program.
  • Assistance to sponsored project/programs with financial and legal documentation for funding requests.
  • Links to and information regarding the project/program on the Foundation’s website and will provide a mechanism for the project/program to collect donations online.
  • Access to information about possible funding sources, educational resources, possible volunteer intern candidates and other news of interest.

Additional services available:

  • Human resources services, fees vary by type of employee: Payroll services including W-2 wages, worker’s compensation and unemployment insurance coverage.
  • Medical, dental, vision and other supplemental insurances offered for employees working 30 hours or more per week.